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M Louise Ripley, M.B.A., Ph.D. 
One third of a professor's job is teaching, one third is research, and the remaining third is service - to the university, the academic community, and the larger community. Here is some of what I do in my Service capacity. 
YUFA 

 

In past years I have served first as Vice Chair of the Faculty Council for the Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, and then as Chair (2009-2011).

Before that, I served a number of years as Chair, Secretary, and Speaker of the Atkinson Faculty Council. 

In 2006 to 2010 I served as YUFA's Communications Officer. In 2006/07, I served on YUFA's Bargaining Team for contract negotiations.

In 1997, after 17 years as a professor of management I finally was able to honour the contributions of my father, Stephen Ripley, an American labour union organizer, in the York University Faculty Association Strike where I served as a Picket Captain on the Sentinel Road Gate. If  you were here then and saw a woman in a yellow hard hat and steel toed boots on the picket line, that was me

If you're wondering how a teacher could go on strike knowing her students will suffer, you can read the text of my speech, "Radicalization and Renewal: The YUFA Grand Strike of 1997" given to the Atkinson Alum Association when I won their Teaching Excellence Award  

Since the strike, I have served my union as Atkinson's representative on the Union Executive, as the Vice Chair for Organization, as YUFA's representative on the CAUT Defense Fund Board of Trustees, as the Union Steward for the School of Administrative Studies (first in its history), as a member of the 2006-07 Negotiating Team, and most recently as YUFA's Communications Officer. 

As a member of the CAUT Defense Fund Flying Picket, I visited picket lines of other university faculty/librarian unions on strike as we bring our message of solidarity and support (a $20 million defense fund and a reminder that no union ever walks a picket line alone). Here I am at an October 19, 2007 visit to Acadia University in Wolfville during their strike (dead centre, middle of second row). You can read reports of these visits at CAUT Flying Picket Visit Reports. I finally had to give this up when an old football injury to my knee acted up and I could no longer walk long distances (I used to play for the Argos; that's my story and I'm sticking to it!).

Some professors consider Service a chore but it has been one of the most rewarding parts of my University career.

 

The School of Administrative Studies

Meetings - One Thursday per month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

This is where your SAS professors get together once a month to talk about what we're doing, where we're headed, and how we'll do it all. We have good discussions, are quite polite to each other, and even have Skype now for professors who may be away and unable to attend.

 

The School of Women's Studies  

 Member of the Undergraduate Women's Studies Council; Meetings - Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. once per month

Again, similar to SAS, WMST faculty get together to evaluate and plan. I have served on the Executive Board of the Office of The Status of Women and on the Board of the Centre for Feminist Research. I also serve on the undergraduate faculty council. One year I served as Acting Chair of the School of Women's Studies. I have spoken to a number of women's groups and government agencies on issues of women and business, particularly in the area of women and risk taking 

 

Convocations - Spring and Fall

I am always at Convocation. I consider it the best and most important day of the academic year beause it belongs to the students. I served for a number of years as the University Orator, introducing the honourary graduate at York convocations. 

 

Internal/External examiner for PhD and Masters defenses

As a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, I have served on a number of masters and doctoral oral defense committees across the University. 

 

Masters in Environmental Studies programme

I have served as a Secondary Advisor for students here and supervised Master's Theses. I also offered the course ES5078: Independent Reading courses in Social Marketing 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies

I have served as a supervising committee member for graduate students here. I also served as a committee member for a former York student, Sandi Warren, when she did her PhD at Trent University in Native Studies. Sandi was very special. You can read about her in my Gender Issues in Management pages: Sandi Warren

 

 
First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto

I served as Editor of the Newsletter of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto for a number of years. I have served as Treasurer and as a Worship Leader in the Unitarian Universalist denomination, a denomination that holds that belief is determined by the individual and not dictated from outside and which holds that we only get one life - the one we live right here and now. Some beliefs we share as a group include an acceptance of the inherent worth and dignity of every person, an appreciation for the interconnected web of existence, and an understanding of the importance of justice equity and compassion in human relations - much of which influences how I try to teach in the classroom and to live my life

 

My Neighbourhood

I have been involved with the Neighbourhood Watch programme where I live, and I used to pick up trash in the ravine and the Hydro field while walking my dog as my contribution to cleaning up the environment. Twice I have found a $20 bill!.See, good deeds sometimes pay off! I can no longer do this due to back and knee problems.  

 

York University, Toronto
M Louise Ripley, M.B.A., Ph.D.